Daily Archives: October 26, 2013

Still Gaining


I just got home from Weight Watchers and once again I’m not happy.  I gained another 2.8 lbs. I’m now at a total of 58 lbs. lost.  Sounds great except at one point I was at 90 lbs. total lost.  (sigh)

You may recall that I gave all my bigger clothes to Goodwill and had bought inexpensive clothing that fit better as I continued to lose.  The new clothes all felt better and looked better, however, that’s not true anymore.  I have many shirts that don’t fit me any longer because they are too small.   I can still wear all my pants and shorts, but they are getting tight.

Late night eating is one of my big challenges and someone at the meeting today suggested putting a chair in front of the kitchen to tell your brain the kitchen is closed.  Someone else suggested having a cup of hot herbal tea to tell your brain the same thing.  There were other suggestions, but those are the two simple ones that  I am going to try.

The other positive note is since I dropped my class at college I now have no classes until February.  This makes me very excited.  I now have plenty of time to take my daily beach walks again.  This will also keep me out of the house, which means I won’t be sitting around snacking all day.

So, yes, I did gain again today, yet, I feel very positive about future success.  I refuse to go back to Goodwill and buy my old clothing back.


Chicken and Dumplings

I’ve been meaning to share this recipe for a few weeks now. It’s one I made up because hey, cold times of the year are a great way to fill one’s belly with deliciousness. It’s a comfort food, and while I’m low-but-good, comfort is definitely a Good Thing™®.

Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients (soup base):

  • 2 chicken breasts, thawed
  • 8 cups of chicken stock (8 cups of water, 5-6 chicken stock cubes)
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 2-4 stalks of celery, chopped

Ingredients (dumplings):

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk


  • Celery salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion salt (or powder)
  • Garlic salt (or powder)


1.       Take chicken stock and put in pot on stove.

2.       Take chicken breasts and cut into small strips. Add to stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and leave to cook for half an hour covered.

3.       Add dash of celery salt and vegetables. Stir, cover again, leave for another 20-30 minutes.

4.       Mix ingredients listed for dumpling. Shape to preferred size (I do this by hand), and drop into hot soup. Do not stir – cover and leave for another 20-30 minutes.

Note: If dumplings are too runny, add more flour. If too stiff, add a tiny bit of milk. You want them fairly stiff though.

5.       Add pepper, onion salt/powder, and garlic salt/powder to taste, stir. Leave another 10-20 minutes, then serve. Serves 4-6, depending on how hungry you are.


Eat in good health!



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